William J. Hunter  William J. Hunter

William J. Hunter

  • Best Lawyers LAWYER OF THE YEAR 2016 | Personal Injury Litigation - Planitiffs | WILLIAM J.HUNTER | Savannah
  • Best Lawyers LAWYER OF THE YEAR 2014 | Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants | WILLIAM J.HUNTER | Savannah
Savannah, Georgia
800-554-5128 (Toll free)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit


  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas
    • J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) - 2003
    • Law Review: Arkansas Law Review, Note and Comment Editor
  • Valdosta State University
    • B.A. - 1999
    • Major: Economics

Areas of Practice

  • Trial Practice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Plaintiffs Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Business Litigation

William (Bill) J. Hunter, Partner, is a Martindale and Hubbell "AV" rated member of the Litigation section of the firm. At the beginning of his career, Mr. Hunter's practice focused nearly exclusively on defending physicians who were sued in medical malpractice cases. The complexity of those cases, and the skills required to defend them, allowed Mr. Hunter to branch into other areas of complex trial work. Although, he still defends physicians and other healthcare providers in medical malpractice cases, he now concentrates his practice in the areas of plaintiffs personal injury, catastrophic injuries and wrongful death.

Over the past several years, Mr. Hunter has successfully represented plaintiffs who were severely injured or killed in cases against product manufacturers, medical device manufacturers, trucking companies and large industrial or construction companies. Many of these cases involve explosions or other complicated mechanism of injury, including the catastrophic failure of equipment, which results in severely traumatic injuries. He also regularly participates as counsel representing plaintiffs in large multidistrict litigation cases. Mr. Hunter also does trial work related to business litigation and serious business disputes, many times involving claims related to fiduciary duties. Mr. Hunter's practice is 100 percent devoted to trial practice.

Born in Arkansas, Mr. Hunter came to Savannah in 2003 and has been with Oliver Maner since that time. Mr. Hunter is a member of the Georgia State Bar and the Savannah Bar Association and was recently appointed to the Bench and Bar Committee of the State Bar. In addition, he is a member of the American Association for Justice. For his work, he is routinely placed on lists such as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Legal Elite and others. In both 2014 and 2016, he was named the "Savannah Lawyer of the Year" by U.S. News' Best Lawyers for medical malpractice defense and plaintiffs personal injury. He is licensed to practice in all courts in the state of Georgia and has had multiple cases in many other states.

Outside of his law practice, Mr. Hunter was formerly on the board of directors and executive committee for nonprofit, First Tee Savannah. In 2016, Mr. Hunter was elected to the Board of Directors for Union Mission, Savannah's leading organization for providing assistance to the homeless, on which he continues to serve today.

He was recently appointed to the administration board of his church, Wesley Monumental, in Savannah. In 2016, he started a nonprofit called Savannah Bombers Basketball. SBB gives a number of kids a chance to play basketball at a high level throughout the state of Georgia and around the Southeast. Many of the kids who play for the SBB would likely not have the opportunities to play travel basketball at the level otherwise. For the past two years, he has served as a middle school basketball coach for Savannah Country Day School in Savannah.

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Honors and Awards

  • Georgia Trend's 2013 Legal Elite in Personal Injury
  • Honored as Savannah Lawyers of the Year by the Best Lawyers in America for 2014
  • Best Lawyer in America 2015 - Personal Injury Litigation and Medical Malpractice Law
  • Martindale Hubbell "AV" Rating
  • "On the Rise," Lawyers under 40 for the State of Georgia, Fulton Daily Report
  • Lawyer of the Year, Plaintiff's Personal Injury, Savannah, U.S. News Best Lawyers
  • Lawyer of the Year, Medical Malpractice Defense, Savannah, U.S. News Best Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers /Georgia Rising Star, Atlanta Magazine
  • Best Lawyers, Personal Injury- Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice- Defendant, U.S. News Best Lawyers
  • Legal Elite, Plaintiff Personal Injury, Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 10 Best, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • America Association for Justice
  • Georgia Super Lawyer, 2019 - 2020
  • 2020 (26th) Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®: Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • American Board of Trial Advocates

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Savannah Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association